Load & Play


From the Kitchen to the Shower

Jeanne Dielman (Photo courtesy of The Criterion Collection)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 bruxelles What are the films you lie about having seen ? A friend posed this question to me recently, and it’s a telling query. Not only about your own ethical barometer, but also about…  Read more

By Apr 13, 2017

Ruptures and Disturbances

The Killing of America (Photo courtesy of Severin Films)

The Killing of America The recent Severin Films Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1981 documentary The Killing of America marks the first time this notorious cult item has ever been commercially distributed in the U.S. in any form — ironic, given that…  Read more

By Jan 18, 2017

Blood in the Snow

Blood Bath (Photo courtesy of Arrow Films)

Blood Bath “Wait, what happened?” asks Sid Haig at the end of the entertaining but nonsensical 1966 AIP flick Blood Bath, and one can’t help but wonder if it’s intended as a wry bit of self-critique on the part of…  Read more

By Jul 25, 2016

American Dreams and Nightmares

The Boost (Photo courtesy of Olive Films)

The Boost Released a year after the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign frightened children into never eating their morning eggs, Harold Becker’s The Boost was this PSA’s cinematic equivalent for adults. An adaptation of political…  Read more

By Apr 21, 2016

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